A chance to win an almost-free plane ticket to New York to watch Jeremy Lin (林書豪) and the Knicks attracted crowds to a travel fair in Greater Kaohsiung yesterday, organizers said.
The contest was part of the opening event of the Kaohsiung International Travel Fair, with the first 200 visitors of the day eligible for a lucky draw in which five participants were picked to take part in a contest.
The five then entered a basketball free-throw competition to decide the winner, who was given the option of buying a round-trip ticket to New York that normally costs about NT$29,000 (US$985), for just NT$17 — the number on Lin’s jersey.
A 21-year-old college student surnamed Chen, who said he is a fan of Lin, was the winner. He said he planned to borrow money from his mother to help pay for other expenses.
Meanwhile, a tour operator also promoted a discounted 10-day package that includes tickets to a Knicks game, which received many inquiries during the fair.
The fair, which features 300 booths and runs through Monday, is the first major travel event of the year in Kaohsiung, organizers said.